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Browndog's 1972 V8 Transit

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Been working on the van a bit. Front brakes were quite rusty from sitting around, and wheel bearings were knackered, so I bought a new pair of slotted DBA rotors, and Ferodo DS2000 pads, and overhauled the calipers at the same time. new wheel bearings fitted too.

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I gave the wheels a good polish, wet sanded them working from 320 up to 800, then finished them off with a polishing mop in my battery drill, only took about 40 mins per wheel and they came up mint :)

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and swapped out the orange front indicators for a pair of clear ones I had, as well as refitting the headlight bezels:

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Got a kit for the carb on its way, gaskets are all dried out and accelerator pump not working properly, giving a big flat spot when the throttle is cracked open. Look forward to getting that in, should make it much better to drive :)

 

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Been a while since I last updated this, mainly cos' I have been so busy and the old Transit has been gathering dust in its lockup! Anyway, dragged it out today, brought it home, and spent a few hours fitting the bumpers. The front one is a NOS one I bought a few years ago for the LWB van, it was sold to me as a diesel (bullnose) bumper, only opened the wrapping about a month ago and discovered it was a petrol one! In this case that worked out well. It was painted, so I had it stripped, polished and chromed. Fark me that was an expensive excercise! About $900 in all to get it chromed. Factor in the £200 + shipping that I paid for it from the UK, and it is an expensive piece! Rear bumpers were slightly  less exorbitant, both NOS items but original chrome on them, cost me £150 from the UK for the pair. I had the bumper irons coated in a very tough satin black coating (like paint, but much tougher) and had the bumper bolts chromed too.

I also had a shipment of go-faster goodies turn up from Summit Racing, but that is for the next instalment :)

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The other thing I had done since last time I posted was a bit of interior trimming. I managed to find some black loop pile carpet, which as any of you old Ford nutters will know is the correct carpet for any self respecting 1970's Ford, and had a carpet set made, as well as a vinyl engine cover. As well as looking quite good, it has cut down the cabin noice quite a bit! I have a nice set of black trimmed high backed seats which I am also going to fit :)

 

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I just received notice that the first part of the mini series we did last year - Westside,   is set for release on May 31st - looking forward to that! You can just catch a glimpse of the Mk1 at 0.38 in this TV trailer:

www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/68492044/sneak-peek-at-outrageous-fortune-prequel-westside

Talking to another production company at the moment, they want to use both of my vans in a UK based documentary set in 1980. These vans will be seasoned pros soon smiley.png


 
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It's now a star! Several scenes on Westside last Sunday night at 8.30:

 

 http://www.tv3.co.nz/WESTSIDE-Season-1-Ep2/tabid/3692/articleID/114498/MCat/4513/Default.aspx

 

And I have just delivered this and my  white Sundowner to the signwriters to be vinyl wrapped for their next role. This is for a TV production that will be UK based, so not sure if or when it will be shown on NZ TV, but I really can't say much more about it than that, due to confidentiality agreements with the production company. It will look like a standard Mk1 for this next role, so I have fitted some standard steel wheels to it, shown here about to be delivered to signwriter:

 

 

 

 

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The last appearance tonight of my van on Westside Ep. 5 below, the Sundowner is the armoured cash van in this episode, and Jackson's yellow Mk2 is the getaway van. Dougal tries to blow the doors off the back of the van to get the cash inside, and unfortunately has also manages to blow his head off :(

But happily no Transits were harmed in the making of this production :)

Click this link to watch the programme:

http://www.tv3.co.nz/WESTSIDE-Season-1-Ep5/tabid/3692/articleID/115944/MCat/4513/Default.aspx






 

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Made a list and spent today working on the Mk1. It has always been a bit of a scary thing to drive. When the previous owner fitted the power steering, he used a Ford Fairmont  steering box. The input shaft rotates the wrong way for a Transit, so he fitted an inline gearbox on the shaft to reverse the direction. The gearbox has some freeplay, and coupled with the freeplay on the steering box, it made for an interesting drive! It also has a Falcon steering column, complete with column shifter.

The plan is to ft a Mk3 Transit power steering box, Mk5 column and switches, and Lokar floor shifter. I have all of these parts already.

Also replacing the 3.9 gears (very noisy!) with a 3.5 ratio in the nine inch rear axle, so have removed the diff head in preparation for this. 

Todays task was removing the offending items!

 

 

 

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Took the van into work. Removed all of the old exhaust system, in preparation for a new 2 into 1 stainless system. Fitted the exhaust headers since last update too.

Refitted the rebuilt diff head; have swapped out the 3.9 gears for 3.5, and rebuilt the LSD.

Have welded in the mounting plate for the steering box. Made a plate to fill in the steering column hole which had been cut out to accommodate a column shift. Will re-use the original Mk1 bulkhead grommet, along with a modified Mk5 steering column. This was fairly easy, I cut off the top bracket and moved it up the column about 30mm, and welded on another bracket the same lower down which bolts through the pedal box. I cut out the master spline on the column so it will accept a Capri/Escort type steering wheel, or even a Mk1/Mk2 Transit wheel. I have wired in the Mk5 column switches and ignition switch (with new Tibbe key and barrel) to the Mk1 wiring loom.
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